John Legend Comments on Kanye West Supporting Donald Trump

Published April 26th, 2018 - 01:11 GMT
Odd couple: West, shown with Trump in December 2016 in New York City, tweeted that 'the mob can't make me not love him' while also calling him his 'brother' (Source: AFP)
Odd couple: West, shown with Trump in December 2016 in New York City, tweeted that 'the mob can't make me not love him' while also calling him his 'brother' (Source: AFP)

John Legend took to Twitter on Wednesday to counter Kanye West's praise for President Donald Trump.

'The defining trait of Trump's campaign and political profile was his embrace of white supremacy. He made it clear every time he spoke,' the 39-year-old singer tweeted.

'Some serious cognitive dissonance to ignore that for the other x% you might find appealing. I guess I agree with >1% of anyone's thoughts though,' he added.

The Glory singer earlier also posted a series of tweets critical of West's support of Trump.

Legend tweeted that he imagines 'there's some comfort in imagining a future without racism and projecting that onto the present. Thinking if we just deny the truth, it doesn't exist. If history is erased, we don't have to deal with its consequences.'

He added, however, that 'far too many people don't have the luxury of closing their eyes and ears. They feel it in their lives and can't act like what they see and know doesn't exist.

'They know their family was destroyed by deportation or incarceration. They know their loved one was denied safe harbor because of their religion. They know their son or daughter was shot because their skin color evoked fear.

Defining trait: Legend tweeted that the 'defining trait of Trump's campaign and political profile was his embrace of white supremacy'

'They see the statistics about black applications for real estate or loans or employment being turned away because their name was Jamal and not James

'I love that great, brilliant artists have the power to imagine a better future. But artists can't be blind to the truth,' he concluded.

Legend tweeted in response to a flurry of postings by West on Wednesday on a range of subjects including Trump.

Blind artist: The Glory singer that 'artists can't be blind to the truth'

The Heartless singer tweeted that Trump was his 'brother', that he loves him and they both have 'dragon energy'.

'You don't have to agree with trump but the mob can't make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don't agree with everything anyone does. That's what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought,' West posted for his nearly 28 million followers.

Trump later retweeted the message and wrote: 'Thank you Kanye, very cool!'

Dragon energy: West tweeted that he and Trump both have 'dragon energy'

West also posted photos of his red Make America Great Again cap signed by Trump and a snap of himself wearing one.

West, who grew up in Chicago, also took a shot at former President Barack Obama.

'Obama was in office for eight years and nothing in Chicago changed,' he tweeted.

Political slogan: The 40-year-old rapper proudly wore a red Make America Great Again cap

Chicago tweet: West, who was raised in Chicago, took a swipe at former President Barack Obama who famously called the rapper a 'jackass'

The rapper also indicated that his wife Kim Kardashian, 37, was checking his Twitter feed.

He tweeted: 'my wife just called me and she wanted me to make this clear to everyone. I don't agree with everything Trump does. I don't agree 100% with anyone but myself.'

Legend and West have been friends for years, have worked together on tracks and their wives Chrissy Teigen and Kim Kardashian are close.

Wife called: The Gold Digger singer said his wife Kim Kardashian called him about his Trump tweets

West released his latest seventh studio album The Life Of Pablo in February 2016.

He cancelled the remaining 21 days in his Saint Pablo Tour in November 2016 shortly before being admitted for psychiatric observation at UCLA Medical Center.

West was seen in the Wyoming mountains earlier this year working on new music.


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